Jake Files

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Jake C. Files
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Arkansas State Senate District 8
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives
Bachelor'sArkansas State University
BirthdayMarch 27, 1972
Place of birthNorman, Oklahoma
Office website
Campaign website
Jake C. Files (b. March 27, 1972) is a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Files served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002. He ran for re-election in 2004 but was denied.


Files earned his B.S. in Accounting from Arkansas State University in 1994. His professional experience includes working as an Accountant for Baldor Electric Company, Vice President of Development for ERC Properties, an Accountant Fort Smith Christian School, and owner of FFH Construction, LLC.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Files served on the following committees:

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Revenue and Taxation, Chair
Joint Budget
Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs
Economic and Tax Policy
Legislative Joint Auditing


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Files served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Files' website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Excerpt: "Here are a few things that I stand for and will pledge to do all I can to enact or support...
  • Reducing the size of state government
  • Economic Development and the legislation that will aid in the creation of jobs
  • Supporting pro-family legislation
  • Improving education and making sure our teachers get what they need to be successful without burdening them with bureaucracy
  • Helping keep more of what we earn in our own accounts and reducing the tax burden
  • Governmental transparency and openness
  • Recognizing the impact small business plays in our economy and looking for ways to incentivize more growth
  • Protecting our children from those who prey on them
  • Seeing real action on I-49 in our lifetimes
  • Supporting UA-Fort Smith in their role
  • Protecting individual property rights
  • Enforcement of immigration laws"



See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent Jake Files was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Files ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas Senate, District 8. Files ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]


See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2010

Files defeated Jim Medley and Frank Glidewell in the primary and primary runoff, respectively. He then ran unopposed in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

Arkansas State Senate, District 13 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jake C. Files (R) 2,555
Green check mark transparent.png Frank Glidewell (R) 2,392
Jim Medley (R) 1,470
Arkansas State Senate, District 13 Rep Primary Runoff (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jake C. Files (R) 2,463
Frank Glidewell (R) 1,822

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Files is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Files raised a total of $126,087 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 6, 2013.[9]

Jake Files's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State Senate, District 8 Won $45,812
2010 Arkansas State Senate, District 13 Won $80,275
Grand Total Raised $126,087


Files won re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Files raised a total of $45,812.
Arkansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jake Files's campaign in 2012
Arkansas Healthcare Association$4,000
Stephens Group$3,000
Nucor Corp$2,000
Kraft Foods$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$45,812
Source:Follow the Money


Files won election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Files raised a total of $80,275.


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In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[10]


In 2011, the 88th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 10 to April 27.[11]


Files and his wife, Michaela, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cecile Bledsoe (R)
Arkansas State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Denny Altes
Arkansas State Senate District 13
Succeeded by
Alan Clark (R)